Newbie to Freeview needs help choosing a box!

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  1. Unlight

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    Hey there,

    Im having trouble choosing which Freeview box is best to get. I dont want Sky as I dont watch all that much TV, but Ive heard that Digital TV is obviously better picture quality (im fed up with rubbish reception on analogue).

    Can anyone recommend a good one? Ive only got a Phillps 28" flat widescreen, but hoping to upgrade to a panny plasma over the next month or so :)

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. steverb

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    I just upgraded my Freeview box to a Pace Twin. The hard disk provides brilliant recordings and I can now chuck out my VCR.
     
  3. Unlight

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    Ahh yes I forgot about HDD recorders sometimes having a tuner built in -

    Nice to hear youre happy with the Pace, where abouts did you get it?
     
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    i have the sony one. it looks great and has two scart outputs, rf loopthrough and an optical out. it also changes channels very quickly and since i have had it has only had slight artefacting twice.
     
  5. sparkybun

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    Hi,

    Humax PVR8000T - 40Gb hard disk (twice the size of the Pace) seems good value at approx £135-£140 from various online stores. They are soon to bring out the PVR9000T which has twin tuners and a removable hard disk cartridge.

    Cheers

    Mel
     
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    Unlight,
    I got the Pace twin for £182 from Digitaldirect, including delivery. They seem to go on Ebay for about £160, but £182 for a new one, was a no brainer.
     
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  8. Unlight

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    So i should go for the Pace then?

    Im thinking of going out and getting one from Argos for £199, seeing if i like it - if not, return it, if i do - return it and buy it online :)
     
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    That's a bit naughty isn't it.

    Is it really worth all the hassle for the sake of a few quid?

    What if you have problems with it and you have to send it back?
    Will the on-line retailer be as forthcoming as Argos?

    By all means try and get to see a demo of it from somewhere and ask if they'll price match on-line, but to use them in this way is well dodgy.

    It's your choice but I have no sympathy for you if all goes wrong.
     
  10. Unlight

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    It was light hearted mate :)

    I'll probably pick one up from argos at the weekend, couldnt be bothered with the hassle of returning it and waiting for the delivery of a new one :)
     
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    Hi,

    If you're worried about the twin tuners - get the Humax which is double the size of hard disk and another freeview box. Should work out about the same or even cheaper than the Pace. Alternatively hang on for the 9000T which has twin tuners and removable hard disk modules.

    Cheers

    Mel
     
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    Hi,

    Forgot to mention the Thomson DHD4000 which has twin tuners and double the hard disk of the Pace BUT is £249.

    Cheers

    Mel
     
  14. Unlight

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    Thanks for the info! When is this 9000T coming out? Sounds good!

    Saw the Humax yesterday and didnt like the look of it at all!
     
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    I was in the same position a week ago.

    I decided that what I wanted was HDD recorder plus twin tuners plus PC connectivity. The Humax 9000 seems the nearest (removable disks) but is not available yet. So I got the cheapest box with good reviews to be going on with (Pioneer DBR-TF100 for 70 quid).
     
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    I got a Netgem box about a month back. Excellent. Only cost me about £55 from Makro... Can even plug it into a LAN / WiFi network to go online with.

    Speed, picture and sound are all first rate.
     
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    sparkybun, that article was published over a year ago and the main reason for the recent delay is that humax decided a few months back to redesign certain aspects of the 9000t to meet with new customer demands so i think there could be some quite significant changes.

    I emailed humax yesterday with regards to the release date of the 9000t and shall post here if and when i receive a reply. for the time being though, given that funds are tight i've decided not to go for a pvr atm and will probably go with the humax fox box since its now availabe for a rather nice £60 :D
     
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    The Goodmans GDB4 is a good box, no card slot but i am assuming you don't want a subscription, the processor is one the the fastest around. Only £50 in Richer Sound and Argos.
     
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    As promised here's the reply i got from Humax:

    So disappointingly it's still another 6 months away at least - particularly if you want the option to have TUTV support (though arguably that may not be such a priority by then dependent on it's success in the next few months and/or a seperate attachment might well be obtainable to provide support)

    As i said before i've just gone for their standard Fox2 freeview box, which should be here tomorrow :D, namely because i have no money but this email has also helped reduce the feelings of what if :)

    hope that helps someone who was in a similar position to me
     

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